One cannot isolate the Khap Panchayats and their ways in Haryana from the phase of capitalism that pervades the state today.And neither can one disregard the resistance that is coming from women, oppressed castes and others in the state against the resurgence of feudalism and its unholy alliance with neoliberalism.
A year after raising hopes of progressives in the country that heinous crimes such as honour killings would receive the strictest of punishments; those hopes seem to have been belied in a judgement recently in the infamous “Manoj-Babli case”.
The world should love the lovers and encourage marriage outside of caste endogamy and reject the diktats of the murderous Khap panchayats, whose edicts against "same gotra marriages" have however wrongly received grudging acceptance from certain circles, in the name of genetics. Freedom of choice of marriage partners is the way out, in the battle against increase of recessive genetic factors among the Indian population. Scientist and popular science activist T.V.Venkateswaran of the All India Peoples' Science Movement, explains in a well argued article.
The ongoing spate of ‘Honour’ killings in the country is continuing to outrage all democratic minded people. The Khap Panchayats are invoking ‘tradition’ and ‘customs’ to justify their crimes. They have gathered ranks to demand a ban on ‘sagotra’ and ‘bhai-chara’ marriages. Underlying this demand is their historic antipathy towards granting property rights to women in these regions.
Rani Rohini Raman, a JNU researcher working on honour killings, writes on the significance of a recent verdict of a Haryana district court, awarding death sentence to those guilty of killing a young couple - Manoj and Babli.